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    Default VW Nova Trike donated for a charity event

    Hey guys and gals,

    I just received a 2002 Nova trike that has been sitting for a while. Looking for some assistance.

    1. It was a crate motor and trans in 2002. Need to find the information for an oil change.

    2. Its an all medal body and the gas struts are gone to hold it open. Need a lead on these.

    3. I need an electrical diagram for the motor. Never worked on the VW before. I do know its 12V.

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    Your at the right place, as there are a lot of VW experts here, they just got to wake up !

    As far as #2 goes, measure your total length , as auto part stores have them. Also measure closure length as it has to be at least 1/2 the length. Just take note as to how there mounted , ball joint or eye end.

    The pitted chrome stuff, either go as rechrome $$$ , or scotchbrite them clean as possible and rattle can them with Rustoleum primer/paint. Just recommendations depending how much you want to get involved with the restoration. Good luck 👍
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    That is a nice looking Trike, not sure of the engine, but one would do a lot of general tune up and replacement of worn parts first.

    The dog house oil cooler on the front side of the fan shroud, if I am right it was later in the 70's, 74 I think it came out, an idea of the year for now, but I would keep that fan shroud and cooler on the engine, just make sure everything else is working to keep the engine cool.

    I sprayed the rusted area with WD40, let it set a bit, and used steel wool and worked it off, but it is almost impossible to get back that original chrome shine, but it looks better.

    I would say, go over to "MY Trike" post, very last page, no 2nd to last, near the bottom of the page are some video links to watch, will take you to others to watch also, very educational info for a individual new to the VW engine, I am just now getting back into it, and of course more deeper than I expected.

    It is actually all about what the rider wants from the engine, long rides, short run-around town tike, or more just a decked out show trike with not much riding, more show stuff.

    I would look at keeping the engine stock as possible with only needed modifications, and research each one before doing it, some can do more harm than good.

    this is the place to be to learn all you can, get solid advice, and get the help or guidance to resolve issues.

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    Item 1

    As it has a replacement stock type carb I would guess the displacement as close to stock 1600cc.

    All air cooled vw engines use 30 weight oil with a high zddp content. As the oil for older engines has been outlawed for road use you now have to use specialty oil. Most are expensive mail order. But one is a shelf item at the parts store and some wall marts. Valvoline vr1 racing oil. Straight 30 is fine and is what the oil system springs pressures an everything is made for. If the oil pressure is too low then it has some wear. Go to a thicker oil to get the pressure as long as it has a minimum of 1200 ppm of zddp.

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    I do not know what it was originally made with. But has struts are available through industrial supply places. Msc, McMaster Carr, Grainger....ect.

    I usually get the adjustable force ones from mcmasters.

    Item3

    There is a vw wiring diagram over in tech tech.

    If the specific year for generator and regulator combination was known we could narrow it down a bit.

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    Welcome to TT Stephen.

    Used to live in GC while stationed at Chasn. many moons ago. Nice little town.

    The trike looks like it has great potential, after a good & thorough steam clean/pressure washing and good old fashioned elbow grease. It appears to be intact and not missing anything that might keep it from running, which is a major bonus in your favor.

    If the trike was built new in 02, the mileage was probably started at 0 on the odometer to correspond with the fresh "crate" engine & trans. That it only shows under 5,200 miles now is good in that its barely broken in!

    As far as the engine chrome goes, most is hidden by the bodywork, so scuffing it and repainting it as Frank suggested might be the easiest most cost effective "fix" over replacing all of it depending on what your long term plans are for it.

    Many good tech tips for the VW side of your ride can be found at TheSamba.com if you can't find what you're in need of, here.
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    Welcome Stephen. You have found the motherload of VW trike experts, lots of great help here from all. The owner of Nova Trikes is a member here, screen name Loner. Maybe he will be along to chime in as well.

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    Any way to get year info from the motor. Looks like it need plug wires and maybe a few other things from sitting. I have found replacement parts just need year info. The oil smells of gas right now so first order of business is to drain and refill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteg59 View Post
    Welcome to TT Stephen.

    Used to live in GC while stationed at Chasn. many moons ago. Nice little town.

    The trike looks like it has great potential, after a good & thorough steam clean/pressure washing and good old fashioned elbow grease. It appears to be intact and not missing anything that might keep it from running, which is a major bonus in your favor.

    If the trike was built new in 02, the mileage was probably started at 0 on the odometer to correspond with the fresh "crate" engine & trans. That it only shows under 5,200 miles now is good in that its barely broken in!

    As far as the engine chrome goes, most is hidden by the bodywork, so scuffing it and repainting it as Frank suggested might be the easiest most cost effective "fix" over replacing all of it depending on what your long term plans are for it.

    Many good tech tips for the VW side of your ride can be found at TheSamba.com if you can't find what you're in need of, here.
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    From this number under the generator stand you can look up what the engine case was originally.

    That don't mean that is what it is anymore unless you have documented proof it has not been repaired or rebuilt in the last 50 years.

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    It looks like the carb and fuel pump have been replaced recently. They are not as corroded and aged looking as the rest.

    All the chrome tin is aftermarket.

    The distributor is a Bosch 009 or a copy of one.

    Make sure the fuel pump diaphragm is ok. It could easily be what is putting gas into the oil.

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